We still have received no response from Mayor Jackson.
Reed doesn’t fully commit to any of the four Digital Justice proposals, but he expresses general agreement with three of them:
- City support for Neighborhood Technology Centers — but with no specific monetary commitment pending review of the entire 2018 budget.
- Expansion of the City’s free public wifi network. Reed writes: “…as Mayor of Cleveland I will support the expansion of the city’s free public wifi.” He does not use the word “citywide”.
- A Cabinet-level position to lead City efforts on digital literacy and access. Reed writes: “I find this to be not only important but necessary. Again, we must be mindful of budgetary constraints as we seek to remedy a myriad of problems facing the city. Having said that, I can assure you that we will take ALL appropriate measures to ensure that digital literacy and universal access are made a priorities in my administration.”
On the fourth Digital Justice proposal, creation of a City fiber broadband network to promote high-speed Internet provider competition, Reed writes: “I would like to enhance the existing fiber optics capabilities the city has. But we must better manage our existing public utilities better before we can expand to a city serviced broadband/fiber optic internet.”